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Kelly Slater Takes Jim Rome on ‘a day in the life’ tour of the North Shore

Kelly Slater Takes Jim Rome on ‘a day in the life’ tour of the North Shore

That looks a good time! Now for the other side of the coin, check this out, an article in San Diego Magazine featuring Cliffs local Nate Cintas:

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In San Diego’s surfing turf wars, tempers heat up as the waves become more crowded. Are the skirmishes a solution or a symptom?

By Adam Elder

I’m not violent, but I have had some times where we’ve had to do some breath-holding exercises, me and another guy,” deadpans Nate Cintas. “That’s just part of it.”

Part of waterboarding? No. Part of surfing? Yes—if you surf at Cintas’ spot at Sunset Cliffs and don’t obey the locals’ rules.

Cintas, known to many as Irate Nate, has for years been one of the heaviest enforcers at his home break—a wave surf magazines won’t run photos of, much less mention—solid, powerful, with close-cropped hair and in great shape for a man in his 40s. Born and raised less than a mile from the Cliffs, he’s a local in every sense of the word. When Cintas talks about breath-holding exercises with other surfers, you get the feeling he’s not the one holding his breath.

It doesn’t stop with being held underwater. How does surfing—which, to an outsider, means simply riding waves toward shore, then repeating—reconcile throwing rocks at “kooks” before they enter the water, cutting them off, breaking fins, harassing, drawing blood or vandalizing property?

For years, locals have fiercely protected what’s theirs—or what they perceive as theirs—from Sunset Cliffs to the South Mission Beach jetty to La Jolla’s many reefs. Some contend this at-times-brutal defense maintains safety in the water and preserves the integrity of surfing against those who endanger others or don’t abide by the implicit rules.

In essence, localism keeps people in check. Whether novices are surfing a wave beyond their abilities or seasoned experts are showing contempt for the few hard-and-fast rules of surfing, localism is the tribal enforcement of order. Even world-famous surfers like Gerry Lopez and Sunny Garcia were straightened out by locals, according to San Diego surfing lore, when they visited our shores and didn’t respect the rules. And while many say localism is less violent than in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, it lives on well into the 21st century.

“Localism, in general, isn’t looked at as a good thing,” says Cintas. “If people better understood it, they might respect it and what it serves. There’s definitely some bad stuff about it—the hostility part—but in general, localism’s misunderstood.

“There’s etiquette in any sport,” he says. “If you’ve ever golfed, when it’s time to tee off and someone walks up and throws down their tees in front of you and assumes they’re ahead of you, that would be
a little disrespectful and invasive. And it wouldn’t follow the etiquette of golf.”


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